Blaming general aviation for a pilot flying a private plane into an IRS building in Texas misses the point, according to columnist Jeff Schweitzer. Stack could have used another weapon to attack the IRS, and security measures cannot prevent all attacks. “While the misuse of an airplane will always remain a possibility, the extraordinary benefits…

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Palo Alto Airport Association proposes new routes to avoid East Palo Alto

In an effort to soothe nerves and reduce risk, the Palo Alto Airport Association is asking its pilots to change their departure routes so they fly over San Francisco Bay, rather than East Palo Alto. Read article »

Editor’s Note: The Palo Alto Airport Association, a Chapter of the California Pilots Association, has done an admirable job in assisting the airport when it comes to safety, noise and fiscal management.

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Watsonville defends airport safety decision in court

By Donna Jones – Santa Cruz Sentinel

SAN JOSE – A day after a small plane crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, Watsonville officials were in an appeals court defending a decision to eliminate safety zones around Watsonville Municipal Airport.
Editor’s Note:
Just as we have been previously reporting the City of Watsonville is attempting to overturn the decision against it because they were trying to ignore potential noise and safety issues at the airport that their Plan 2030 would cause.

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Onerous security regulations, insufficient funding, and encroachment: The challenges to general aviation loom large, and three California legislators are asking their colleagues to call on those on Capitol Hill to protect this vital part of the economy and transportation infrastructure.

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The Transportation Security Administration’s proposal to implement security procedures at FAA-certificated repair stations in the United States and abroad is not feasible, oversteps its bounds, and is redundant, according to AOPA. The association filed comments Feb. 11 regarding the repair station security proposal, recommending that the rule be limited to foreign repair stations. Currently, the…

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It takes more than associations speaking up to teach opinion leaders and decision makers about general aviation. It takes individual members stepping up and becoming actively engaged with their community leaders. “As I see it, some of the top issues for the coming year and beyond must include protecting our nation’s airports, ensuring that air…

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Delta Air Lines is indefinitely suspending its service to the Arcata/Eureka Airport in northern California’s Humboldt County as weak economy lingers. Delta first halted its service to Salt Lake City in September, saying it planned to resume the service on a seasonal basis this summer. “We appreciate the Eureka community’s faith in Delta and we hope in the future there will be an opportunity for us to resume service,” Delta spokesman Kent Landers tells the Times-Standard of Eureka.

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